Service Break Experiences
Volunteer around the country and across the globe with LSU Service Breaks! Service Breaks offers alternative service experiences for LSU full-time students. Choose to make the journey during either spring break or summer break.
Service Breaks, an LSU student organization organizing volunteer alternatives to spring and summer break, allows students to have an experience learning and volunteering outside of Baton Rouge. After applying and being selected as a member, a student will get to know the other students and advisors that will be a part of his/her team. Students will attend pre-connect meetings, the first portion of the experience, which will allow them to learn about the community and the specific issue they’re serving. Pre-connect meetings are also a time to grow closer as a team to ensure that serving together will be fun and effective. After having prepared thoroughly students will set out on their trip. While in their destinations the team works very closely with community partners that function there permanently; and, they reflect each day on the work they’ve done. This in-country/in-community time is only the second portion of the Service Break experience but, definitely the most memorable. The final piece of the experience is returning back to Baton Rouge to put what you have learned to use at home as well.
We believe by volunteering together in teams, students can create relationships across the globe strengthening humanity.
Our mission is to create dialogue between the Baton Rouge community and the communities we serve ultimately sparking positive change.
- Develop Leaders: by introducing themes of talent from StrengthsQuest and participating and developing individual growth plans
- Establish personal and social responsibility by participating in activities and committees
- Progress students along the active citizen continuum through learning of community issues, in the Service Break community in relation to Baton Rouge, and by engaging in volunteering
In 2013, LSU Service Breaks (originally LSU C.H.A.N.G.E. Break) broke ground in Tennessee and Peru addressing important societal issues. In the spring ten students and two advisors traveled to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where they volunteered with the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. They then traveled to Crosby, Tennessee, where they worked with a group called Sunset Gap.
For Volunteer LSU’s first international experience during the Summer of 2013, 15 students and three advisors traveled to Cusco and Cai Cay, Peru for about two weeks in late May/early June to work with children in impoverished areas. Cusco is an urban area in which the volunteers helped the children at an after school program with homework and facilitated learning and play among them. The students also worked on low-level construction projects to better the facilities for the children. Cai Cay is a rural area where most of the children do not go to school. Here, the students did activities with the children while also doing low-level construction work at their children’s program house.
Since then LSU Service Breaks has addressed the social issues of poverty, education, community development and the like in different countries and states. Check out Service Break’s Facebook page for information on what we’ve been doing since the beginning of the program.
Volunteer in the United States
The domestic Service Break teams will study poverty, the environment, or low income housing. As a member you will meet with your teammates about every week until departure to get well acquainted and prepare for the experience. This is a service-learning experience, so we will reflect on our experiences prior to the trip, during the trip, and following the trip.
In order to participate a full time student must have a have 2.5 GPA, be enrolled full-time in the current fall, spring to come, and following fall semester attend all team meetings and participate Geaux BIG Baton Rouge with your Service Break team.
Cost for one participant is $200.00. This includes transportation, housing, and the majority of meals while on your trip.
In addition, each team will be responsible for collectively raising $2,500 which will go toward the program cost of each experience. Guidance will be provided on how to raise these funds.
The Service Break team will travel for an unforgettable fourteen-day and eight-day alternative service break. As a member you will meet with your teammates about every other week until departure to get well acquainted and prepare for the experience. This is a service-learning experience, so we will reflect on our experiences prior to the trip, during the trip, and following the trip.
In order to participate, a full-time student must have a have 2.5 GPA, be enrolled full-time in the current fall, spring to come, and following fall semester attend all team meetings and participate in Geaux BIG Baton Rouge with your Service Break team.
Cost for one participant is $900.00. This includes transportation, housing, and the majority of meals while on your trip.
In addition, each team will be responsible for collectively raising $5,000 which will go toward the program cost of each experience. Guidance will be provided on how to raise these funds.
Frequently Asked Questions
I will be graduating this May. Will I be able to participate?
Yes, you will be able to participate in any experience over Spring Break. Unfortunately, because you will technically not be considered an LSU student after graduation, you will not be eligible for a summer experience.
Are these destinations safe?
Yes, LSU Service Breaks routinely monitor the U.S. Department of State Travel Restrictions and works through the LSU Office of Risk Management to control exposure to risk on all of the experiences.
I’m not sure if I can afford an LSU Service Break. What can I do?
If cost is a concern, we still encourage you to apply. Fundraisers exist through letter writing campaigns and crowd sourcing websites. Scholarships from Campus Life may also be available.